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Education
4:21 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Washington students make progress on math, science tests

Washington students have made some gains on standardized test scores. Math scores ticked up in nearly every grade tested, according to the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Superintendent Randy Dorn says he’s encouraged by the steady improvement, and credits an intense focus on math and science.

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Education
8:57 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Software glitch causes problems in WSU first week

PULLMAN, Wash. — A glitch in a new, multimillion-dollar software system is disrupting the first week of classes at Washington State University for students and parents who depend on financial aid.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Wash. students inch upward in college readiness scores

Just one in five Wash. students take the ACT, but that group is improving year-over-year.
biologycorner Flockr

Washington students did a bit better last year on one of the major standardized tests measuring college readiness. Just about one in five Washington seniors takes the ACT – the SAT”s slightly less famous cousin – but that group saw modest gains over the previous four years.  Thirty-eight percent of test-takers met the college readiness standard in all four subjects tested: English, reading, math and science, up from 34 percent year before.

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The Two-Way
7:04 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Three Year Olds Told To Fight By Delaware Day Care Workers, Police Say

A notice on the door at the Hands of Our Future day care center in Dover, Del., which has been closed because employees allegedly had two 3-year-olds fight each other.
CBS Philly

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 8:40 am

It's tempting to make a "fight club" reference (and some news outlets have), but the outrageous nature of the allegations seems to call for a more straight-forward approach:

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NPR health
6:25 am
Tue August 21, 2012

The perils of teens sacrificing sleep for late-night studying

It may not be the best strategy to stay up late and cram. A new study finds that when teens don't get the sleep they need, all kinds of things can go poorly.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 6:01 am

High school students with heavy academic course loads often find the demands of homework colliding with the need for adequate sleep.

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NPR education
5:11 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

For first time, Latinos represent largest minority group in colleges

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 3:26 pm

In a new study, The Pew Hispanic Center says that for the first time ever, Hispanics have become the largest minority group in the country's college campuses.

It's a report that marks many firsts for the ethnic group, which has been making great strides in education since 1972.

Among them: For the first time, there were more than 2 million latinos ages 18 to 24 enrolled. They reached a record 16.5 percent of all college enrollment. Hispanics make up a little more than a quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in two-year colleges.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Three Wash. Head Start programs on the ropes

Daybreak Star's Head Start program had to reapply for its own contract, as part of new accountability measures.
sea turtle Flickr

For the first time in its 47-year history, the Head Start program is introducing some tough accountability measures. That’s left three Washington providers fighting for their lives, including a Seattle program with a storied history.

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Your Money
6:33 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Student loans can dent retirees' Social Security

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 11:37 am

Families often pull together to help finance a college education, with parents and grandparents chipping in or co-signing loans. And now, a SmartMoney report finds the U.S. government withholding money from Social Security recipients who've stopped paying on federal student loans.

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Education
9:22 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Can college students resist the lure of Facebook, Twitter during class?

Are any of these students texting?
Lisa Klumpp iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 12:04 pm

Dear college students across the U.S.,

Like millions of my colleagues who teach at universities and colleges, I'm working hard this week to put an updated zing into the syllabus for each of my fall classes. Describing the course content and readings for Biological Anthropology and Primate Behavior is the fun, mind-engaging part.

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Classroom of the Future
7:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

5 technologies Seattle-area kids say will rule education

Ruby Kresge envisions schools on space stations. School space busses will be driven by aliens.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Fifty years ago a group of Seattle students were asked to make predictions about the “classroom of the future,” as part of the 1962 Century 21 World’s Fair. They came back with a mixed bag: phones that fit in your pocket? Check. Flying cars? Still waiting. (None mentioned high-stakes tests, Lunchables or Wikipedia.)

This year as part of the fair’s 50th anniversary, the Seattle Center asked students to make their own predictions about what school will look like 50 years from now.

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Police in Schools
4:19 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Cops in schools can’t search without warrants, Wash. high court rules

The Washington Supreme Court ruled that police officers based at schools are still police officers.
Arkdog Flickr

Police officers working in schools can’t necessarily search a student without a warrant, even though a teacher usually can. That’s the upshot of a ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court out Thursday, in a case involving a student at Robinswood High in Bellevue and the murky legal realm of cops in schools.

The Bellevue Police Department has five officers working exclusively in the schools. In this case, one of them caught the student with a bag of marijuana, arrested him, and then searched his locked bag without permission.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

New Seattle superintendent wants flexibility for schools, just not too much

Seattle Public Schools superintendent Jose Banda has been on the job for one month.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle’s new superintendent of schools won’t be voting for the charter schools initiative on the November’s ballot. He doesn’t care much for “site-based management” that gives lots of autonomy to individual schools and he’s leery of letting schools more easily opt out of controversial curricula, such as “discovery math.”

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College costs
11:15 am
Mon July 23, 2012

$20K in-state tuition may not be far off in Washington

A child who is 11 years old today could be paying more than $20,000 by the time he or she enters state school, according to an actuarial report prepared for the state's prepaid tuition program.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Are schools becoming too obsessed with sci-tech?

Students learn chemistry at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash.
Lower Columbia Ciollege Flickr

Many of the efforts to improve schools in Washington are focusing on science and technology, and some leading educators are concerned that’s coming at the expense of a well-rounded education. They’re forming a group to advocate for liberal arts learning.

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Education
5:10 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Publicity turns up the heat on Tacoma schools' sunscreen ban

Zoe and Violet came home from a field trip badly burned. Both sunscreen and hats were prohibited by school policy.
Jesse Michener

A couple of bad sunburns have left Tacoma’s school district smarting, and could help spur policy changes about students and sunscreen. Tacoma school officials say they’ll revisit a policy banning the use of sunscreen by students, except with a doctor’s note.

The district is getting national attention after a Tacoma mom’s story went viral in late June. Jesse Michener says it never occurred to her to jump through the hoops it would take to get her daughters sunscreen when they left for a field trip on a rainy morning, but they came home burned badly enough that Michener took them to the hospital.

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